Furness
WTAMU

GOLDEN, Colo. -- Three first-half goals by 24th-ranked West Texas A&M helped the Buffaloes battle back from an early deficit for a 4-2 upset victory at 11th-ranked Colorado Mines. With the win, the Buffs remained unbeaten and improved to 4-0 on the year, while the Orediggers fell to 2-1.

“The guys played really well and showed a lot of composure giving up an early goal and coming back for three goals in the first half and one in the second tonight,” head coach Butch Lauffer said. “Twice we have been on the road this week and given up an early goal and battled back. We have showed some maturity, heart and desire to get a result. Tonight, the back four and the overall defense was outstanding as everything was thrown into the box and we had to deal with it and they did a great job.”

WTAMU was down 1-0 early at Dallas Baptist, but scored the equalizer in the first-half and had the game-winner in the second. This time, after going down 1-0, the Buffs followed with three first half goals to build a 3-1 lead at intermission.

Senior midfielder Dominic Furness had two goals and one assist in the match as he scored his team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season, while sophomore midfielder Conrod Goulbourne and senior defender Colin Bjostad had the other two scores. Sophomore defender Daniel Angloher and senior midfielder Abel Olivas each had an assist. Furness had a team-high six shots with four on goal.

WEST TEXAS A&M VS. COLO. MINES
 
Shots 14 23
Corner Kicks 2 6
Saves 6 6

For the season, the offense has been dominating as the Buffs have scored 17 goals and allowed just three scores in four matches.

“We put a lot of emphasis on our finishing in preseason and scoring more goals and we have seen some of that reward paying off so far this season. We have been good in defending into attack and our wing play has been really good,” Lauffer added.

The Orediggers took the early lead on a long cross pass from 40 yards as Baski Baker headed it in to the top left corner for a 1-0 lead at the 17:53 mark with the assist going to Zach Page-Belknap. The Buffs didn’t lose their composure and kept thinking of the upset as they came right back five minutes later as senior defender Colin Bjostad scored off a cross from senior Dominic Furness and an assist off the corner kick from sophomore defender Daniel Angloher for a 1-1 score at the 22:05 mark.

Furness then scored his eighth goal of the season 3:06 later on a pass into the box and faked the defender to the bottom left corner for a 2-1 lead off an assist from junior Carl Prestidge. It was Prestidge’s team-leading fourth assist of the season.

The Buffs converted once again off the set piece, as sophomore Conrod Goulbourne scored his first goal of the season off a corner kick from senior Abel Olivas for a 3-1 score at the 36:34 mark in the first half. It was Olivas’ second assist of the season.

The Buffaloes took a 3-1 lead into intermission on three unanswered goals. Colorado Mines held a 9-7 lead in shots, while both teams had two saves and two corners with the Buffs making good on both of their attempts.

We put a lot of emphasis on our finishing in preseason and scoring more goals and we have seen some of that reward paying off so far this season.
-- Butch Lauffer 

The Orediggers cut the deficit to 3-2 at the 54:47 mark as Richard Garvey scored his first goal of the season off a short cross into the box from Tesho Akindele. Akindele had four shots with two on goal for the match as he was held scoreless for the first time this season.

The Orediggers had another opportunity for the equalizing goal in the 60th minute as Alex Nass had a shot go wide, followed by a corner kick from Nass and a shot from Joe Haines was saved by the Buff defense for a team save keeping the score 3-2 in favor of WTAMU.

Furness added the insurance goal for the Buffs with his second of the match and ninth of the season. Goulbourne tallied the assist from a long shot that was deflected off a defender and over CSM goalkeeper Manville Strand for a 4-2 advantage in the 62nd minute.

Colorado Mines put on the pressure in the final 15 minutes a number of shots as a few were blocked and went wide, but WTAMU redshirt freshman goalkeeper William Cooper came up with three huge saves in the final seven minutes to preserve the two-goal advantage.

Cooper earned his fourth win of the season (4-0) and tallied five saves in the match. Mines outshot the Buffs 14-7 in the second half and 23-14 for the match, but the Buffaloes’ defense stood tall. Strand had six saves for the Orediggers.